Assessment and feedback resources

On this page you will find SWAP's resources relating to assessment. The assessment of students is an issue of central concern to everyone in higher education and was one of SWAP's core themes for 2007-2009. You may also wish to access the HE in FE pages.

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Approaches to assessment (in focus issue 01) - Inside this issue: 'Changing an assessment method', 'In conversation with Nick Ellison' (Social Policy Association, Learning and Teaching sub-committee) and 'Introducing a formative assessment tool'. The publication includes an assessment mind map (JPEG, 944KB), a graphical representation of how the various elements involved in assessment fit together. Produced by Karin Crawford.

Published November 2008

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Projects

Creative analysis of NSS data and collaborative research to inform good practice in assessment feedback
Gary Saunders, Karin Crawford and Andy Hagyard, University of Lincoln
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Exploring student perceptions of assessment feedback:what works in developing student learning?
Liam McCann and Gary Saunders, University of Lincoln
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Teaching learning and assessing communication skills with children and young people in social work
Michelle Lefevre and Barry Luckock, University of Sussex
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Publications

SWAP project output: Creative analysis of NSS data and collaborative research to inform good practice in assessment feedback (PDF, 452KB)

SWAP project output: Postle, Karen (2008) 'Detecting and Deterring Plagiarism in Social Work Students: Implications for Learning for Practice', Social Work Education, 1-12

Service user and carer involvement in the assessment of student learning (PDF, 119KB) - An annotated bibliography compiled by Jill Anderson on behalf of the Mental Health in Higher Education Project

Approaches to assessment (PDF, 767KB) - Issue 1 of the SWAP newsletter in focus provides links to useful resources on the topic of assessment along with a case study, an innovative assessment tool and comment from social policy and social work academics.

Computer assisted assessment (PDF, 68KB) - An information sheet about computer assisted assessment mainly focussing on multiple choice questionnaires.

Different forms of assessment (PDF, 89KB) - An information sheet about the advantages and disadvantages of different assessment methods including examinations, essays, portfolios, project work, work-based learning, reviews and annotated bibliographies, self and peer assessment and group assessment.

Handbook for External Examiners: Guidance for the Degree in Social Work (PDF, 127KB) - A guide to the role of external examiners on social work degree programmes across the UK.

Student progress files (PDF, 74KB) - An information sheet about student progress files including different types of progress files, ideas for personal development planning implementation and key sources of information and guidance.

The LTSN Generic Centre assessment series guides (2001) are still current and relevant for:

The LTSN Generic Centre assessment series briefings (2001)

Case studies

Person centred planning and involving service users at the University of Glasgow: a case study in learning and teaching about assessment in social work education (2003)
Peter Allen c/o Pam Green Lister, University of Glasgow
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Stimulus response assessment in a health policy module in social policy (2002)
Sarah Burch, Anglia Polytechnic University
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Using peer formative assessment with social work students (2008)
Patricia Cartney, Middlesex University
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E-learning at Liverpool John Moores University: a case study in learning and teaching about assessment in social work education (2003)
Derek Clifford, Liverpool John Moores University
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Multiple choice assessment on a 'Government and Institutions' module (2002)
Stephen Driver, University of Surrey Roehampton
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Plagiarism, 'controlled conditions' and the assessment of social work skills in 'real time' (2008)
Yasmin Farooq, Kathy Boxall, Nora McClelland, & Joe Smeeton, University of Sheffield
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Embedded teaching on assessment on the DipSW at the University of Southampton: a case study in learning and teaching about assessment in social work education (2003)
Peter Ford, University of Southampton
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Assessment of 'Theories of Welfare' using a VLE (Blackboard) (2002)
Emma Heron, Sheffield Hallam University
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Improving student perceptions of assessment feedback:what works in developing student learning? (2009)
Liam McCann and Gary Saunders, University of Lincoln
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Planning problem-based learning opportunities for students in social work and nursing at Staffordshire: a case study in learning and teaching about assessment in social work education (2007)
Bernard Moss, Staffordshire University
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"Other students are saying…": Harnessing peer feedback for a formative assessment task (2007)
Sheila Smith, Southampton Solent University
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Assessing practice learning in child and adolescent mental health (2009)
Steven Walker, Anglia Ruskin University
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Digital learning resources

Companion for Undergraduate Dissertations - This resource provides support and guidance for students' personal study and to help students through the dissertation process. It was produced jointly by SWAP and C-SAP and deals with some of the common questions, concerns and practical issues that undergraduate students come across when completing their social science-based dissertation or final year project.

External resources

Gateways

Higher Education Academy page on assessment

Assessment and Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS) CETL - A Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning based at the University of Leeds which creates generic assessment tools for use in practice.

Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Assessment for Learning (AfL) - A CETL based at Northumbria University with resources related to assessment for learning.

Scottish Enhancement Theme: assessment - Assessment was an Enhancement Theme from 2003 to 2004 and two volumes on 'Reflections on Assessment' were produced.

Projects

Achieving Accessible Assessment (Triple A Project) - A HEFCE funded project at Nottingham Trent University designed to make practically-based subjects more inclusive for all students regardless of impairment

Student Enhanced Learning through Effective Feedback (SENLEF) - This Academy project includes case studies and video clips which highlight students' opinions on the assessment and feedback they received.

Publications

SCIE's resources on social work education - SCIE has published several useful resources related to assessment, such as SCIE Guide 18: Assessment in social work: a guide for learning and teaching (2007), SCIE Guide 23: The learning, teaching and assessment of partnership work in social work education (2008), SCIE Knowledge Review 12: Teaching, learning and assessing communication skills with children and young people (2006)


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